Hey all, so here’s my first scans of the portraits I shot during this year’s Redhook Crit!
Yes, these are 4×5 film. Ilford HP5, exposed with a Sinar 4×5 camera with schneider 150mm lens.
The race was almost rained out after the qualifying heats, and parts of the course kept flooding and being cleared all through the afternoon. Due to weather conditions and safety concerns, both the women’s and men’s races were not only bumped up in the schedule, but the lap count was drastically cut as well. The rain seemed to really become an issue. Our plans of informing the women to come sit for a portrait got totally scattered. After I was all set up in the driest place I could find, I was in turn left to grab any woman racer I could, and get them to sit for me as they were coming back in from their qualifying heat. I scoured the cruise terminal building that was set up as a prep/staging area for the racers, and was struggling to find my rain soaked and exhausted women racers out of a scattered pile of spandex, carbon wheels, and ladies that had came back in and changed into dry street clothes. The rain had made everything harder and more chaotic than anyone could have imagined.
I know Staten Island’s got lots of free right turns on red (for motorists) and can be fairly bike unfriendly…but it’s also a really amazing place to discover on bicycle.
-Amazing Boardwalk on the Beach, fourth largest in the world.
-Tugboat Graveyard (shhh…it’s a secret)
-Fort Wadsworth, for all you war history buffs.
-Wolfe’s Pond Park, mountain bike trails.
-Highest Point on the Eastern Seaboard. (Todt Hill)
Here is a great opportunity to see NYC’s undiscovered borough.
Date: Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Time: Rider check-in for 40-mile ride: 8 – 9 am
Rider check-in for 25-mile ride: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Start and Finish:
Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George
Parking Lot West (Just west of the Ballpark, off Bank Street)
Price: $15 – T.A. Members, $20 – Non-members
Size:Size: There is a strict cap of 1,000 riders.
The Tour de Staten Island is a fun-filled ride through the neighborhoods of New York’s greenest borough. The tour offers two route lengths of 25 miles and 40 miles, both with an additional five mile route option in still-closed-to-the-public Freshkills Park! Both routes are supported by rest stops stocked with KIND Bars, fruit, Osmo sport drink and good old H20 . The tour is a ride-at-your-own-pace event on roads open to traffic. Unlike other T.A. borough tours, there will not be an NYPD escort or road closures. The route will be marked with painted arrows, riders will receive a cue sheet and will be free to begin the tour as soon as they have checked in and received their official rider bibs. Riders will be supported by volunteer ride marshals and limited sag-wagon services. Continue reading Tour of Staten Island-4.13.14
Momentum Magazine is looking for people to strut their stuff on their bike fashion show runway:
Ride the Runway with Momentum Mag in New York
Do you want to strut your stuff on the Momentum Mag bike fashion show runway?
Time Commitment: Fittings from 5-7 pm on Friday, May 2 at Basketball City, located on Pier 36 in Manhattan, RehearsalSaturday, May 3 from 8-9 am, Show times Saturday, May 3 from 11-4 pm.
Location: Basketball City, located on Pier 36 in Manhattan, Honorarium: $100 How to apply: Please submit a photo of yourself and tell us why you want to be in our show! We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic people that feel comfortable on a bicycle in front of a crowd.
Please send your expression of interest to Molly before Friday, April 18, 2014.
A recent article in City & State illustrates Citibike has been a success but may be mismanaged by it’s system creator, Alta. Right-of-Way and Safe Streets advocate Charlie Komanoff pointed out this article really hits the mark: “Bravo! Once again Ms. Gelinas drills to the heart of the issue: “The problem [with Citi Bike] has little to do with
bicycles. The problem is confusion over Citi Bike’s public social goals
versus its private profit-making goals.” Gelinas’s reportage continues to set the standard for civic journalism.
A GREATER GOOD: CITI BIKE AND PROFITS
Citi Bike’s purpose shouldn’t be to make a profit, but to bring workers into New York so their employers make money.
By: Nicole Gelinas
April 6th, 2014
The problem with the program is that the company that runs Citi Bike— Alta Bicycle Share—is a small five-year-old company with the challenges that come with being a small five-year-old company. Alta runs other American bike-share systems, including Boston and Washington. But Alta has never run a system of New York’s scale and demand. There is no such system in America. Chicago, which comes closest, does less than a tenth of New York’s annual rides with the same number of bikes and more docks. Alta has found itself overwhelmed—having to spend more than it expected in “redistributing” bikes to meet time-of-day demand.
Title: Opus Video Series
Seen on: urbanvelo.org
Description: Canadian bike manufacturer, Opus, has just released the first of five videos “that examines bike riders and the forces that drive them.” The first release is this video titled, The Commuter, but I can’t tell if this is just a teaser or the video in it’s entirety.
Title: Cyclist Hit By Car
Seen on: urbanvelo.org
Description: We know this happens every day, the impatient driver BLATANTLY hitting a cyclist with their vehicle, but I still can’t get used to the visuals when I see it happen. I post this as a reminder. It’s all too easy to get comfortable riding in traffic, not expecting drivers to do the insane. Consider this a PSA.
Title: Group of People Harassing and Restraining a Cyclist
Description: The kind of harassment cyclists face everyday in NYC. Thank God for the heroics of a fellow driver to free this cyclist from what could have been a very bad situation. Consider this a how-to-video. Also a good commercial for the need for helmet cam documentation.
Title:Bogocat Vol. 1
Seen on: urban cyclist worldwide
Description: Alleycat en Bogota – Colombia el 22 de Marzo de 2014 Con la participación de Lucas Brunelle, Austin Horse.
Title: Budnitz: Le Grand Tour
Seen on: urban cyclist worldwide
Description: A recalcitrant bicycle thief falls in love with the bicycle he’s stolen. Inspired by the films of François Truffaut. Created by Budnitz Bicycles, directed by Russ Lamoureux, produced by Partizan. 3 minutes.
Are you a data geek? I married one…but Shaun Jacobsen is waaay into it and parlayed his love of graphs and numbers into a public online transportation data base. Shaun is a slight academic, graduate student of Sociology, French, Economics, and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin and in his spare time he created the website: transitized.com where he keeps tabs on 3 main area of urban transportation: Walking, Biking and Transportation.
He recently compiled statistics released by NYC’s citibike bike share and created the: Citi Bike Data Explorer. Currently taking ridership information up to February 28th, 2014, the site looks at data from daily trips and puts it into some interesting and digestable graphs and charts…if your into that sort of thing.
Based out of Chicago, Shaun also has fun figures on their bike share program: DIVVY
Hopefully this information can be used to support these bike share programs and expand them across the US.
If you think a deluge of a weekend full of rain was going to stop NYC’s premiere competitive cycling event, the Red Hook Crit…guess again.
Congratulations to France’s 24-year-old Thibaud Lhenry who won it for the men and Jo Celso, a 26-year-old from San Diego and a rider for the Wolfpack Hustle Team, placed first in the first ever woman’s division.
Here is an article and photos from the New York Times:
Photos: A Damp Spin Through Brooklyn
By: Joshua Bright
March 31st, 2014
(Photos by: Joshua Bright)
If you looked up through the heavy rain Saturday in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, you could just make out the silhouettes of its industrial landscape: warehouses, dock cranes, factory chimneys, even the barely discernible Statue of Liberty. If you looked left or right between umbrellas, you could see beards, tattoos, cow bells and colorful caps with inadequate brims. If you looked down, you could see drops of blood in some rain puddles. And if you blinked, well, you would have missed the point: ridiculously fast, brakeless, fixed-gear bike racing.
The Red Hook Crit, billed as “The World’s Premier Track Bike Criterium” hosted its inaugural Women’s Criterium during its 7th annual event this Saturday.
The Crit is a closed course at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal where fearless fixed gear bikers and runners qualify and compete. Its sponsors include Rockstar Games and Timbuk2, among many others. This year’s event was especially challenging due to the cold and rainy weather.
This just in, the financially struggling Citibikes (Citibikenyc.com) bike share may have a new savior…Donald Trump. The megalomanic with the perfect hair wants to add to his empire and use the bike share as a vehicle to advertise his conservative agenda.
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Transportation Alternatives executive director, Paul Steely White have more on this new development from today’s Brian Lehrer Show.
The Brian Lehrer Show
A New Citi Bike Savior: Donald Trump?
(Getty) The WNYC transportation team has seen early copies of a report on how the financially troubled Citi Bike program could be rescued by real estate mogul Donald Trump. Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives discusses the initial proposal for “Trump Wheels” and what it means for bikers all over New York City.